Having meaningful learning with Tech?


No class meeting on Thursday (see, assignment section)


What was the big idea or takeaway you had from the Meaningful Learning with Technology chapter? Was there anything that surprised you? My favorite takeaway?

This quote from the Jonassen text (p. 2):

“In order for students to learn meaningfully, they must be willfully engaged in a meaningful task.”

I strongly recommend you memorize it. Seriously, say it with me: “In order for students to learn meaningfully, they must be willfully engaged in a meaningful task.”


Each group has been assigned a characteristic of meaningful learning with technology. Discuss these questions with your group members and share it with the class.

Let’s watch a video of a learning activity and see if we can identify any of the characteristics.

If you are going to memorize anything this semester (besides the quote) – I would strongly recommend that you memorize these 5 characteristics.  You’ll be seeing and using them all semester long . . .


  • What is blogging in plain English
  • A number of teachers have started using an activity called Genius Hour or 20% Time to provide students with an opportunity to explore topics of personal interest. We’re using a similar model to explore ideas in learning, design, and technology. But we’re putting our own spin on things by looking closely at trends in education (K12 and higher ed) and some of the myths, misconceptions, and propaganda associated with them. Not surprisingly, technology can be found at the heart of many of these issues.  We’re calling our project “MythBusters” because that’s my real goal – to give you time to learn about issues in education that matter to you.
Task One: Creating a blog
  • Create a blog at http://www.wordpress.com Take a few minutes to think of an appropriate name for your blog – something related to your 20% project.
  • If you need help creating your blog, log in to:http://eits.uga.edu/learning_and_training/lynda with your UGA MyID. Search for “Wordpress Essential Training” and choose relevant videos to show you what you need to know.
Task Two: Linking your blog to your about.me page
  • Add a link to your blog on your about.me page (WordPress can be added as an app or as a link – it’s up to you).
Task Three. Brainstorming Topic Ideas
  • Each week you’ll be asked to spend time exploring the question/topic that’s of interest to you. Think of something current in education/technology that you’ve wondered about or something that has impacted you personally.
  • Some of the topics that can be explored will be shown during the class (click here to view common myths) To view possible key words for educational issues, click here
  • Now, spend some time exploring your topic. Do a Google search and see where it takes you. Ask around if your topic is controversial or it’s simply something everyone has an opinion on. Make sure to contact me if you are unsure of where to start or you are struggling with an idea.
  • Each week, one of your tasks will be to spend time working on your 20% project. You’ll record your time and progress on your blog.
Task Four. Share your blogging ideas in the Padlet
  • Once you have an idea for your topic, Post your Blogging topic here so, I and everyone will know what you’re working on. Tell us about the followings:
    • What is your topic?
    • Why did you choose it? (How it’s relevant to your own life/higher or K12 education)
    • who else will be interested in your question?
    • Give three possible sub-topics that you’ll post in your blog


1. We have no class meeting this Thursday. My expectation is to complete today’s blog task #1-4 and come back with your blog and clear 20% project ideas.

2. On Thursday, visit the class blog and submit the form by 11:59PM.






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